Erica Lampert is in her third year on the Heat women’s soccer team. A three-year starter in the midfield, Lampert is a leader on the field and off the field for her squad.
When did you realize you could become a post-secondary athlete and play your sport and attend university?
I wanted to play post-secondary soccer ever since I was little. My best friend and I always use to make pacts about which school we were going to try out for so that we could always play together. Unrealistic of course, but it was something I knew I wanted to do for a very long time.
When you are done as a student-athlete and you look at the next crew of Heat athletes, how would you like to be remembered as a student-athlete?
When I’m graduated, I think I’d like to be remembered for the memories I made with my team. Not by a certain characteristic or skill but just by the relationships you share with the community around you. It’s only as fun and memorable as you make it and I hope some of those memories stick with the program long after I’m gone.
Blue or white? What is your preferred uniform colour to wear?
White. All white just feels so professional and classy.
Pregame ritual – what is it and when did you start doing it? Did it change when you started playing for the Heat?
My pre-game ritual is kind of unorthodox. It starts by making sure I have something sweet before the game (this started when I was really little and my mom used to always get me a donut before the game and she swore it would give me all the energy I needed to do well). In a weird way it stuck with me and I always make sure to have something, not quite a donut of course but just something sweet. Then when I get on the field I try to remind myself to just have fun, at the end of the day that’s why I am here.